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What to consider when attempting to improve your methods

February 18, 2016 — Posted by Al Shalloway

As a consultant I get to see dozens ­of Lean-Agile transitions a year.  Unfortunately, I notice that the implications of systems-thinking is not only lost on most companies, but on most consultants as well.   Local optimization efforts such as a focus on Agile teams while ignoring portfolio management or assuming a bottom up team-to-team approach can work are fairly ineffective.  The resulting frustration often leads companies to try to throw money at the solution – either hiring more people or coaches.   However, without a systems-t

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New Blog Entry at SustainableTDD.com: 6 Do's and 8 Skills

January 29, 2016 — Posted by Scott Bain

We have a new entry up for your perusal at www.sustainabletdd.com.

It is called "TDD and the 6 Do's and 8 Skills of Software Development", pt. 1

Visit our blog here, and let us know what you think in the comments section.

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Specifying the Negative Blog entry at SustainableTDD.com

December 11, 2015 — Posted by Scott Bain
When a requirement states that a specific behavior should not exist in a system, how can TDD respond? How do you express, in a test, that a behavior must not exist in a system? That's our topic: http://www.sustainabletdd.com/2015/12/specifying-negative-in-tdd_11.html

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New Blog Entry at SustainableTDD.com

November 18, 2015 — Posted by Scott Bain

We've got another new entry over at:


...which is all about the way unit tests can be structured to make them better specifications. We welcome comments at the Sustainable Test-Driven Development blog site. Thanks!

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Challenge the Lies You Live

November 11, 2015 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I will start right out that I am a believer in best practices. I know several that work 100% of the time and many that work most of the time.

One that works all of the time? Treat people with respect.

One that works almost all of time? Make work visible.

Ironically, many in the Agile community say there are no best practices and then proceed to tell you a few you have to do.

For example, in Scrum you must have cross-functional teams, do iterations and have daily stand-ups (just to name a few). 

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Al Shalloway
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Cory Foy
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Ken Pugh
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Marc Danziger
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Scott Bain
Analysis and Design Methods, Agile Design and Patterns, Software Design, Design Patterns, Technical Writing, TDD, Coaching, Mentoring, Online Training, Professional Development, Agile